Rafa Still Providing Massive Input For Game At Swansea – Not Much Has Changed

Francisco de Miguel Moreno could well be in charge of the team tomorrow at Swansea if Rafa Benitez cannot make the game because of the after effects of his hernia operation.

Moreno has been with Rafa for 13 years now since he joined him at Liverpool on July 1st, 2004 and he’s been at every club Rafa has managed since then.

He is the fitness coach and takes the training every day and is responsible for the training sessions and regulates the load in the sessions – he has a degree in physical education.

Rafa Benitez with Moreno in the dugout earlier this summer

This is some of what the 44-year-old said yesterday as reported today in the Northern Echo:

“Maybe there is a chance he can make the game. If we know he isn’t coming we will decide then.”

“Our daily work does not change too much. We are preparing things in the same way. He is more focused on the ideas and analyzing situations because we are in touch with him.”

“He is always saying pay attention to this, this and this. So we are continuing his ideas even when he is not here.”

“Obviously, Rafa is the man. Normally, the way he works and the way he does things is important for us.”

“But I think the message is quite clear. So even if it is me or whoever, one of the staff members, the players will listen in the same way.”

“It will be the same.”

“Our analyst is preparing clips of the opponents and sending the clips to him. He has our opinion also and our analysis.”

“So we have been doing exactly the same. He’s watching for their strengths and weaknesses, like he would normally.”

Things have been fairly normal in training this week and Rafa has – as usual – been providing massive input for the game.

It will be excellent if he can actually make the game tomorrow but if he cannot every single player knows he has to give 100% effort and commitment during the game.

We need a win tomorrow at Swansea, there’s no doubt about that.

About two in five fans think we can do that.

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10 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa and his men seem a very tight, cohesive bunch. All he needs is a decent trusted negotiator / deal maker to get rid of that sad sack Charnley and he’s sorted.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t think Ashley would fancy that like. I wonder if Barnes role might end up being the end for Charnley, rather than having someone Rafa would choose.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Gone for the win, but a draw won’t be the end of the world. No good trying to keep Rafa out of the game is there? 🙂 I wouldn’t be surprised to see him there in a wheelchair tomorrow!! He’s not going to want to miss even one game.
    I just hope he doesn’t push himself too far and set himself back. The older you get, the easier that becomes. Getting himself fully fit has to be the priority. Infections like that can blow you away if they get a grip. High temperatures and fever is the last thing he needs right now.

  • Mag52

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #4


    Even better – a decent wealthy NUFC enthusiast to put in a bid for the club that even that sad sack of an owner we have at present could not refuse.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #5

    After several poor seasons, Charnley did really well last season getting Gayle, Ritchie and even Diame in early. All players that could have played in top flight. But ever since Barnes has come we’ve been too slow. He has to go or atleast clarify his role. Maybe one was in charge of bringing players in, the other worked on getting players out, who knows?

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #6

    That’s the dream we all share Mag52.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    My guess, and that’s all it is, is that Ashley was getting a feeling Charnley couldn’t ‘manage’ Rafa in the way he would prefer, and wanted to get another blocker in to shore things up.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #8

    No good trying to second guess Ashley mate, he’s just a dickhead. He’ll do what he does because he can. Chum Lee needs to go though, he really is a clown.
    Anyway, been avoiding all that crap, rather stick to football. 🙂 A good result tomorrow – win or draw – and the confidence will be flowing again. Make the Stoke game look a whole lot more winnable next Saturday as well.
    Merino looking better every time I see him. Another good game for the Spanish U21 game where he ran the show.
    Need to remember he’s still a young lad though and not pile too much expectation on him. The PL is a cruel mistress after all.
    Wouldn’t mind seeing how he does behind Joselu in the No10 spot, if Jon Jo comes on later. He can play there I know that much. Would, be nice to fit both into the same side.

  • toontaff2

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Paco’s Pokeno:

    Manquillo Lascalles Lejeune Clark
    Merino Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Atsu

    Bench: Darlow, Yedlin, Shelvey, Diame, Murphy, Aarons, Gayle
    Think the Shelvey-Gayle combo to appear after about an hour

    And of course 1-5 The Toon – Happy Clapperg ang well and truly rejoined!

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Stoke next week Toontaff, they were the last 5-1 victims in the PL I believe. Who knows, you might finally come up trumps with that score. 🙂 Would be a dream score tomorrow like. Can you imagine motd2 if we pulled that off? Apart from pointing out we had five lucky breaks, I’m not sure how they’d address it!!
    Anyway, got to go out for a couple of hours but intend to be back home for the City – Liverpool clash. Should be fireworks there I suspect. Later.


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